Building LCA resource hub
Ebooks, Webinars, and articles that explain the key concepts of building life cycle assessment, and help you master it
Life Cycle Assessment for Buildings
Why it matters and how to use it
This ebook aims to demystify LCA to widen its use and, ultimately, reduce the environmental impact of the buildings and infrastructure projects.
The business case for building life-cycle assessment
This article points out why demand for building LCA is soaring and how you can include it in your offer, even if you are new to it.
The Low Carbon Real Estate & Construction Services Playbook
Accelerate decarbonisation while growing your business.
Using EPDs for Building LCA
Environmental Product Declarations for Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment
The role of Environmental Product Declarations in Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment
Regulations, Certifications & Voluntary Targets
Why Building LCA?
Building LCA helps you measure and reduce environmental impacts of your building, achieve green building certifications, and comply with regulations. We’ve compiled our top resources to help you dive into each of these specific use cases.
Building LCA is a mandatory part of several existing and future regulations. A list of governments driving the low-carbon agenda is given below:
- Unregulated energy use and carbon emissions from buildings – and how it is changing
- EU: EU Taxonomy
- UK: London Plan
- France: RE2020
- Sweden: Klimatdeklaration
- Italy: Criteri Ambientali Minimi (CAM)
- Netherlands: De milieuprestatie van gebouwen (MPG)
- Denmark: Bæredygtighedsklassen
- Canada: Toronto Green Standard
For achieving BREEAM, LEED, HQE, E+C- or other green building certifications, the building LCA results must be tailored to the relevant scheme, including life-cycle stages, impact indicators, benchmarking, and more. The use cases for a few of the most popular certifications are listed below:
Performing a building LCA is essential to meet the net-zero and low carbon targets which end-users, investors, and tenants value. Some examples are listed below:
- Net zero: Designing net zero carbon buildings
- Net zero: How to achieve Net Zero Embodied and Operational Carbon
- Net zero: How to design and model projects
- Circularity: An introduction to circular economy principles in the construction
- SE 2050: Meeting the SE2050 challenge with One Click LCA
- Living building challenge and zero carbon
How to automate the building LCA process?
If you’ve struggled with old-style LCA tools and cumbersome Excel sheets, you’ll appreciate the efficiency boost offered by automating LCA through integration with design and modelling tools such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Building Energy Modelling (BEM) tools. The resources will guide you through the basics of building LCA automation.
Automating building LCA using BIM tools
These resources guide you through the process of integrating building LCA with BIM tools.
What are the benefits of automation in early carbon optimisation?
These resources describe in detail the benefits of automating the building LCA process and how it can help with carbon optimisation during the early design stages of a project
Beyond building LCA: LCC, Building circularity, and more
Building LCA Visualisations
Building LCA infographics and data visualizations
Visualization explaining various concepts related to building LCA in downloadable format